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Latin Dance Hitz

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Released to capitalize on the biggest pop trend of 1999 -- the success of Latin dance-pop singers like Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez -- Latin Dance Hitz even features songs with titles similar to Martin's smash hit "Livin' la Vida Loca," such as Boca Latino's "Mi Vida Loca" and Ray Mendez' "La Vida Loca." Still, even though the collection is pretty blatant about trying to cross over to pop audiences, its material is well selected, featuring songs by Blue Mambo ("Mambo #5"), El Caribe, the Boriqua Club, the Miami All-Stars, and many more. While the songs aren't always as well-crafted or pop-friendly as Martin's or Lopez's, the collection overall may appeal to listeners hooked in by their sound as well as their star power.

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